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A little over a week ago I broke my elbow after a fall with my bicycle on some of Antwerp’s historic cobblestones…

Sadly this means I won’t be able to photograph for a while and create new work. To keep things moving and by way of sharing a bit of my archive work, I’ve started sharing some of my photographs and thoughts or stories on my instagram feed.

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It’s also a nice way to share some images that won’t make the cut and so won’t end up in my first photo book ‘In praise of shadows’.

Hope you’ll like the work 🙂

 

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We together

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I’ve just returned from a wonderful visit to Graz, Austria, where I attended the opening of the group exhibition ‘We Together’, curated by Maryam Mohammadi.

“We together” brings together female artists with backgrounds in the Middle East, as well as in Europe and the USA. They have in common that they are critical in their photography and video work with female identities and everyday environments, personal situations, dependencies, gender roles and the political changes in a regional as well as global context. 14 different views on women by women.

My work from ‘Hamida’s camp pregnancy‘ was included among the work by fantastic artists like Boushra Almutawakel, Raeda Saadeh, Sonja Hamid and Emine Gozde Sevim to name just a few.

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Raeda Saadeh danced during an intense and haunting performance at the vernissage, visited by a big crowd. Meeting her, getting to know her work, spending some days with both her and Maryam has been heartwarming. Raeda’s vision as an artist, Maryam’s drive and passion to show the world a different view and get people together and connected is incredibly inspiring. Do take a moment to get to know their work.

Until the 18th of December on view in Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus, Graz

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#dysturb

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I’m so happy and honored that Valentin Bianchi included my photograph of Maryam (not her real name) and her mom in the #dysturb project plastered on the wall of the city of Liège here in Belgium.

#Dysturb is an incredible project created by Pierre Tjerdman and Benjamin Girettein response to the lack of publications of specific news topics in our mainstream media.
They decided to plaster their images on the walls of Paris and with a proper caption, inform people in the city about things happening around the world which magazines and newspapers didn’t publish.

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And so now it’s the first time #dysturb is hitting Belgium streets and I couldn’t be happier that they chose an image of mine from the ‘Because I’m a girl’ series on Rape in Pakistan.
The topic of rape, violation and sexual predatory behavior now even seems more of an acute topic with a horrible man like Donald Trump running for the office of President of the United States of America while publicly denouncing and degrading women, even on record saying how he forces himself on women by kissing and groping them without their consent.
It’s beyond mind boggling and I would recommend you watching a speech that Michelle Obama gave a good week ago, stating perfectly what I feel on the topic.

“Strong men, who are truly ROLE MODELS, don’t need to put down Women”

It’s estimated that worldwide 1 in 5 women will become the victim of rape or attempted rape during her life.
Violence against women is prevalent all over the world and rape in particular has become a ‘weapon of war’ and tool to systematically oppress, control and marginalize women.

I started working on the topic of rape in Pakistan in 2011 and continue to do so on each visit. It’s so important as it is still very much a taboo subject.
In Pakistan around 85% of women face various forms of gender-based violence.
Women and girls are being murdered, kidnapped, raped, killed for honor, have acid thrown on to them.
The Pakistani government rarely takes action and the perpetrators are hardly punished. Unreliable statistics hide the actual magnitude of the problem. Data gathered by the police is notoriously unreliable because of underreporting of cases or their refusal to lodge F.I.R.’s (First Information Report) needed to start criminal procedures.

Maryam (not her real name) was raped by her school teacher when she was just 5 years old.
When asked what the biggest change in her daughter was after the rape happened, Maryam’s mother said she wasn’t carefree anymore and didn’t smile as often as she used to…

I walked to the rape and murder site with the father of Ali, a boy who was raped and killed in the outskirts of Karachi. His grandmother crying while the family told me the horrific story of what had happened.

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Besides suffering psychological trauma and the attached stigmatization, the women and their families are often harassed by the families of the rapist.
They blackmail the victims and try to persuade them into dropping the case or settle out of court. Like Jamila, mother of Sobia, a girl who was raped and killed by a young men who she went to school with and whose wedding proposal she refused. The culprit ran away and still to this day is not found and brought to justice. Meanwhile the neighborhood threaten to abuse Jamila’s other still surviving daughter Sana, hoping the family will then drop their court case.

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It’s an uphill battle for all the victims and families I met. Young girls get robbed of their smiles, some women carry lasting physical scars, boys are as vulnerable as girls, their innocence easily taken away.

As always, I continue to work on these topics that become personal to me once you know some of the families. I hope having my image plastered on the walls of Liège and writing about it here will add a little drop of awareness one way or the other.

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Habib University

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This coming Friday, I’ll be talking about my photography and sharing a conversation on photography and why I photograph people with fellow photographers Ali Sultan and Wei Leng Tay at Habib University in Karachi, Pakistan.

From 4pm onwards you’re more then welcome to join us. Habib University, Plot #295, Block 18, Gulistan-e-Juhar, Karachi.

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Zuidpool @ TAZ

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© Wendy Marijnissen

Tomorrow ‘Theater aan Zee’ will open in Oostende and this year it’s curated by Theater Zuidpool.

As one of their house photographers, a few of my images will be exhibited along with those of my colleagues at kaffiebar bij Familie Jansen.

Besides that, painter Stijn Dierckx will create a live painting during the festival based on his ideas and my photographs. A must see as this is a unique moment to watch a new painting unfold in front of your eyes.

See you in Oostende this weekend!

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25 years Stijn Meuris

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© Wendy Marijnissen

Today I read that musician Stijn Meuris will celebrate 25 years of making music today.

I went back to my archive, as I photographed him in my first project ever, ‘Close & Personal’, a series of portraits of theatre makers and musicians. The whole concept of the project was that they were allowed to choose the location in which I would photograph them. The only demand I had was that it needed to be of personal meaning to them. In that way they could decide themselves how far or how close they would allow me during the session.

Stijn chose the fairground in Antwerp during the day when it is closed as it inspires him to walk around there, gives him a feel of the life of the people working at the fairground, tickling his imagination.

In the series I photographed more musicians and I still love these images to this day. It literally meant the start of my adventure back into the world of photography, which was halted for years after my father passed away. Music and theatre were my escape and through that I was able to slowly reconnect with my passion for photography and literally find myself again.

Here’s 3 more images of Tine Reymer, Tom Pintens and the Dewaele brothers of Soulwax and too many dj’s.

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© Wendy Marijnissen

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